Used Seat Leon Hatchback 2000 - 2005 review

Category: Family car

Section: What is it like?

2000 - 2005 review
Seat Leon Hatchback (00 - 05)
  • Seat Leon Hatchback (00 - 05)
  • Seat Leon Hatchback (00 - 05)
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What's the used Seat Leon hatchback like?

Think of everything that's good about the Volkswagen Golf, then imagine a car which has the same strengths, but looks better, drives more sharply and costs less. That's the Seat Leon.

Probably the first thing to strike you about the car is its styling, something delightfully different from the average mainstream small family car.

The drive, too, is a little sharper than its rivals', even on the most basic models. By the time you get to the hot Cupra models, the Leon is a cracking hot hatch, with great handling, and lots of power and performance for the money.

Inside, it's not quite as smart as a Golf, but it's all well laid out and solidly built. Up front, it's spacious, too, but the rear is not so good, with head- and legroom more cramped than in the Ford Focus. The boot, likewise, is smaller than the Focus's.